Agenda and minutes

City Plans Panel
Thursday, 28th August, 2014 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Angela M Bloor 2474754  Email: angela.bloor@leeds.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

35.

Chair's opening remarks

Minutes:

  The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting, especially the large number of public who were in attendance necessitating holding the meeting in the Council Chamber.  For the benefit of the public, the Chair asked Members and Officers to introduce themselves

 

 

36.

Late Items

 

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration

 

(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)

 

Minutes:

  There were no late items

 

 

37.

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

 

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct. 

Minutes:

  Councillor Nash declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in application 13/05134/OT – land at Breary Lane East Bramhope, through being a Committee Member of the Co-operative Society as the proposals included a convenience store (minute 41 refers)

  Councillor Campbell brought to the Panel’s attention that in respect of the same application, he had commented on the proposals but stated that he had an open mind on the application and would listen to the arguments before reaching a decision (minute 41 refers)

 

 

38.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

  Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Blackburn and Councillor Ingham, with Councillor Finnigan and Councillor Coulson attending as substitutes

 

 

39.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To approve the minutes of the City Plans Panel meeting held on 7th August 2014

 

(minutes attached)

 

 

Minutes:

  RESOLVED -  That the minutes of the City Plans Panel meeting held on 7th August 2014 be approved

 

 

40.

Application 14/01211/OT - Outline application for mixed use development comprising residential development (C3) up to 700 houses, including Extra Care residential accommodation (C2); retail and community uses (A1 to A5); health care (D1) and education uses (D1); car parking; means of access; infrastructure; open space; landscaping and other associated works including demolition of existing house and agricultural building - Land at East Scholes Ls15 pdf icon PDF 754 KB

Further to minute 126 of the City Plans Panel meeting held on 12th December 2013, where Panel received a presentation on pre-application proposals for a residential-led, mixed use development on a Protected Area of Search (PAS) site, to consider a further report of the Chief Planning Officer on an outline application for mixed use development comprising residential development (C3) of up to 700 houses, including Extra Care residential accommodation (C2); retail and community uses (A1 to A5); health care (D1); and education uses (D1); car parking; means of access; infrastructure; open space; landscaping and other associated works including demolition of existing house and agricultural building

 

(report attached)

 

 

Minutes:

  Further to minute 126 of the City Plans Panel meeting held on 12th December 2013, where Panel considered pre-application proposals for a major residential-led development at East Scholes, Members considered the formal application

  Plans, photographs and graphics were displayed at the meeting

  Officers presented the report of the Chief Planning Officer setting out the application for up to 700 homes, including Extra Care accommodation, retail; community uses, healthcare facilities; education facilities; parking; access; other associated works including demolitions on a circa 32 hectare PAS site located close to the Green Belt and a Conservation Area

  The residential accommodation which would be sited across the whole site, would comprise up to 700 homes in a range of sizes.  The average density for the residential element of the proposals would be 22 units per hectare.  Affordable housing at a level of 15% would be provided with this being either on-site or off-site

  In terms of education provision, the full education contribution would be required and a range of options for providing additional primary school places could be considered, however Officers were of the view that the focus should be on provision of a one-form entry primary school on the site

  Highways works were outlined and the vehicular access arrangements into the site were explained.  Members were informed that public transport from the site was currently limited to journeys to the City Centre and Cross Gates

  In respect of public open space, a range of pocket parks, open areas etc were proposed with a total of 4 ha of the site being given over to POS

  The S106 contributions were also outlined to the Panel

  The Officer’s recommendation to Panel was to refuse the application, with possible reasons being included in the report before Members.  The Panel was informed it would need to consider whether the application was in accordance with the Development Plan; that the site was allocated as a PAS site and that N34 was applicable in this case.  Reference was also made to the Council’s Interim PAS Policy and the criteria which had been adopted to enable some of the smaller, sustainable PAS sites to be released early for the development.  In respect of this application, the site did not meet the adopted criteria and it was considered to be premature

  The Panel was provided with information on the 5 year land supply, with Members being informed Leeds could demonstrate a 5.8 year land supply, with details being given on how this was made up, which included brownfield and greenfield sites, regeneration schemes, windfall sites and smaller PAS sites that met the interim PAS policy

  Information regarding the poor sustainability credentials of the site was provided and significant highways concerns were highlighted

  The positive aspects of the scheme were also outlined to Members, in that the layout of the proposals was broadly acceptable, although improved buffers to the Green Belt and the Conservation Area would be required.  The economic benefits of the proposals in terms of job creation and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.

41.

Application 13/05134/OT - Outline application for residential development (up to 380 dwellings), a convenience store and public open space - Land at Breary Lane East, Bramhope pdf icon PDF 857 KB

To consider a report of the Chief Planning Officer on an outline application for residential development (up to 380 dwellings), a convenience store and public open space

 

(report attached)

 

 

Minutes:

  (Having declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in this matter, Councillor Nash withdrew from the meeting)

 

  Plans, photographs and drawings were displayed at the meeting.  A Members site visit had taken place earlier in the day

  Officers presented the report which related to proposals for a major residential development of up to 380 dwellings, with convenience store and public open space on a PAS site at Breary Lane East, Bramhope

  The application was outlined with details being provided in respect of the access arrangements, including emergency vehicle access; the transport assessment with concerns that the impact of the development had been underestimated in the assessment provided by the applicant; relocation of bus stops and that Metro had concerns about this aspect of the proposals and education provision, with the site being offered for a school being designated for a different use

  Although the proposals would bring some benefits, it was the view of Officers that these were not outweighed by the concerns which existed with the development and because of this, Officers were recommending refusal of the application, with reasons for refusal being included in the report before Panel

  Details of the Council’s five year housing land supply were outlined, as on the previous application considered by Panel (minute 40 above refers).  Members were informed that one difference in respect of this application was around land availability.  The site was located in a housing market characteristic area and there were other suitable sites which were coded green and amber in the Site Allocations DPD map

  The Panel considered the application and raised concerns about the siting of some of the greenspace within the Green Belt.  To address this, the Chief Planning Officer proposed an amendment of reason for refusal 1 to include the words “…without development in the Green Belt therefore leading to the loss of Green Belt in conflict with section 9 of the NPPF”

  Members discussed this approach being adopted for all applications but whilst noting Members’ concerns, it was felt by the Chair and Chief Planning Officer that each case had to be considered on its merits

  The Panel considered how to proceed

  RESOLVED -  That the application be refused for the following reasons:

 

1  The Local Planning Authority considers that the release of this site

for housing development would be premature being contrary to Policy N34 of the adopted Leeds Unitary Development Plan Review (2006) and contrary to Paragraphs 85 bullet point 4 of the National Planning Policy Framework.  The suitability of the site for housing purposes needs to be comprehensively reviewed as part of the preparation of the ongoing Site Allocations Plan.  The location and size of the site means that the proposal does not fulfil the criteria set out in the interim housing delivery policy approved the Leeds City Council’s Executive Board on 13th March 2013 to justify early release ahead of the comprehensive assessment of safeguarded land being undertaken in the Site Allocations Plan.  It is anticipated that the Site Allocations Plan work  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.

42.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

Thursday 18th September 2014 at 1.30pm

 

 

Minutes:

Thursday 18th September 2014 at 1.30pm